It is a fact of life that small children are prone to illness and if your child is unwell, the best place for them to be is at home with mum or dad. Please phone the Day Care as soon as possible to inform us of any absence due to illness.
For infectious diseases, we follow and enforce the exclusion guidelines set out in the guide to health protection in schools and other childcare facilities published by Public Health England. In particular, in cases of sickness or diarrhoea children must not return to the Day Care until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.
If children become unwell during the day, we will telephone the parent or other emergency contact to request that they are collected. Provided parental permission has been given, staff will administer a paracetamol suspension if the child has a raised and prolonged temperature and we will of course ensure the child remains comforted and comfortable until they can go home.
Short-term medical needs
Many children will need to take medicines during the day at some time during their time in the setting. This will usually be for a short period only, perhaps to finish a course of antibiotics or to apply a lotion. To allow children to do this will minimise the time that they need to be absent. However such medicines should only be taken to the setting where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if it were not administered during the session or day. Parents should allow at least 24 hours after the start of a course of antibiotics before sending a child back to the Day Care.
Chronic medical conditions
Where children have longer term medical needs, we will work with parents to develop an appropriate personal health care plan to ensure those children are supported to be able to access and enjoy the day care provision. Medication will be administered by qualified staff providing parental consent has been obtained and that the maximum dosage and times of previous dosage has been checked. We will endeavour to seek specialist training for staff wherever needed; however we do reserve the right to refuse to administer medication or procedures in exceptional circumstances.
Accidents happen! There will always be a first-aid trained member of staff on duty and minor injuries will be treated in accordance with Ofsted guidance. All minor injuries will be documented on an accident form to be signed by the parent and kept on site. In the event of any head bumps or other more significant injury, a pink Accident Slip will be completed and a copy given to the parent.
Our policies on managing medication and first aid can be found on the Policies page.